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August 5, 2010
A MAJOR change to the manage-
ment of airfield and supporting air
base operations occurred on July 1
when Air Force's reserve squadrons
around Australia were restructured.
Under the restructure, they
assumed responsibility for managing
the airfield and supporting air base
operations by integrating with the rel-
evant on-base Combat Support Units
(CSU) and expeditionary support
squadrons (ECSS) as well as main-
taining their reserve training activities.
Under the same initiative, two his-
toric WWII squadrons were reformed
when 30SQN stood up at RAAF Base
East Sale and 31SQN stood up at
RAAF Base Wagga on July 29; those
bases did not have attached reserve
squadrons (see opposite page).
The CSUs are subsumed while
some of the ECSSs will concentrate
solely on expeditionary airbase sup-
port aspects. The CSUs and other
ECSSs have been disbanded.
Also under the changes, the new
squadrons will be reassigned from
Air Force Training Group to Combat
Support Group (CSG).
The changes are an important out-
come from the major restructure of
CSG announced by CAF AIRMSHL
Mark Binskin. Under the changes,
the PAF COs of the CSUs assumed
command of the new squadrons
while the former reserves COs
assumed command of the training
However, with 23 and 26SQNs,
the Air Base Executive Officers have
Also at RAAF Bases Tindal,
Pearce and Townsville, the COs of
325ECSS and 25 and 27SQNs will
assume the responsibilities of the
Senior ADF Officer.
AIRMSHL Binskin said the
review of CSG to ensure that it was
best organised to provide both fixed
air base and expeditionary support
for Air Force was an ideal oppor-
tunity, as part of his One Team
approach, to enhance the capability
contribution, relevance and profile
of the reserve squadrons.
"Our Air Force reservists will
now have an increased opportunity to
contribute to operational capability
in our modern and future Air Force,"
AIRMSHL Binskin said.
The only base where there will
be no change will be at RAAF Base
Tindal where 322ECSS will continue
to manage airfield and support-base
The phase-in is to occur over the
TWO generations of Air Force COs
came together when No. 25 (City of
Perth) Squadron assumed responsibili-
ties for airfield administration and man-
agement and air base operational sup-
port from Combat Support Unit (CSU)
Pearce in addition to its reserves training
functions on July 1.
CSU Pearce was then disbanded.
In what is possibly an unprecedented
event, the CO of CSU Pearce, WGCDR
Russell Page, became CO 25SQN and,
by so doing, followed in the footsteps of
his father, SQNLDR Kevin Page (ret'd),
who commanded the squadron from 1973
to 1978. Both officers are from Western
Australia and both were navigators.
25SQN's previous CO, SQNLDR
Alan Plummer, will assume command
of the training flight.
A ceremonial parade to formally rec-
ognise the establishment of the restruc-
tured squadron and farewell the CSU
was held on July 16.
CAF was the reviewing officer.
WGCDR Page said he was very proud.
"He often speaks of 25SQN with
great admiration and a glint in his eyes
as he reflects on the great achievements
the squadron made under his leadership,
including being awarded Freedom of the
30 and 31SQNs
stood up at RAAF
Bases East Sale
and Wagga and
become part of
with CSU RAAF
Williams; CSU Wil-
RAAF Base Rich-
ated with CSU
26SQN to receive
381ECSS to focus
ated with CSU
to CSG but retain-
ing present roles.
ferred to CSG but
retaining its current
A NEW ERA BEGINS: CAF AIRMSHL Mark Binskin reviews the 24SQN parade
at RAAF Base Edinburgh.
Photo: LAC Glen McCarthy
Following in father's
footsteps at 25SQN
LIKE FATHER LIKE SON: SQNLDR
Kevin Page (ret'd) and his son
WGCDR Russell Page.
City of Perth, and the camaraderie and
escapades of those he felt privileged to
command," he said.
"My ambition now is to continue the
unit's strong traditions developed since
it first stood up in 1939 and to realise the
benefits of melding the Australian Public
Service and Reserve and Permanent Air
Force elements of both units into a force
for the future Air Force."
Restructured reserve squadrons
AT THE READY:
Members perform a
General Salute during the
22SQN and 325ECSS
integration parade at
RAAF Base Richmond.
Photo: AC Christopher Hall
AVM Skidmore and
members of the
reviewing party inspect
the escort party at the
23SQN and 382ECSS
integration parade at
RAAF Base Amberley.
Photo: LACW Kylie Gibson
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